AVNation and the Redband AV blog team are inviting all manufacturers heading to Las Vegas for InfoComm 2014 to be part of a cable throwdown designed to test twisted-pair HDBaseT cable and determine which one stands out from the crowd.
The throwdown will be Wednesday, June 18 from noon to 1:00 PM in the AVNation booth (N217), and will include entries from Crestron, Kramer, Liberty and West Penn, with other manufacturers welcome to join in the fun and friendly competition.
Crestron will provide a Quantum Data 780C for testing. The device has built-in native RJ-45 HDBaseT testing.
“We are looking to see which cables can pass HD information in a twisted pair format,” says AVNation founder Tim Albright. “Not all cable is made the same, and we are trying to educate the integrator on what works and what doesn’t.”
Entrants must bring a 100m piece of their best cable to the booth to be part of the throwdown. It should be terminated with RJ-45 connectors of their choice to be eligible for the competition.
All twisted pairs will be measured to ensure they meet the qualifications for length (using a fluke meter) and error rates based on errors per billion bits. The HDMI spec requires one error or lower per billion bits.
HDMI is a complex and ever-evolving technology that is at the heart of today’s digital entertainment.